Hall of Fame Story - Howie Long

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DE-DT - Villanova
Joined Raiders: second-round draft choice, 1981

Inducted into Pro Football Hall of Fame on July 29, 2000... Played 13 NFL sea- sons, all with the Raiders, and made eight Pro Bowl appearances in pro career...  Moved into starting role with the Raiders beginning in the fifth game of the strike- shortened 1982 season... Just the second Raider defensive lineman to make a Pro Bowl... First or second team All-Pro choice in 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1989...  Was also named All-AFC four times... In 1985, posted 10 sacks, with at least one in eight games and was selected as Raider Lineman's Club Defensive Lineman of the Year by his teammates... Although he missed much of the 1988 season due to injury, he still managed to record three sacks and intercept the first pass of his career, which he returned 73 yards in a game against Houston... Member of the NFL's All-Decade Team of the 1980s, recorded 84 career sacks, not including 7.5 sacks in 1981 before the sack was an official NFL stat... Raiders second round pick in 1981 NFL Draft and the 48th player selected overall... Four-year letterman at Villanova and MVP in the 1980 Blue-Gray Game... Has served as a studio host for NFL pregame show on FOX.

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